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dc.contributor.authorMajolo, Bonaventuraen_UK
dc.contributor.authorBuchanan-Smith, Hannah Men_UK
dc.contributor.authorBell, Judithen_UK
dc.description.abstractMany studies have shown that environmental enrichment can significantly improve the psychological well-being of captive primates, increasing the occurrence of explorative behavior and thus reducing boredom. The response of primates to enrichment devices may be affected by many factors such as species, sex, age, personality and social context. Environmental enrichment is particularly important for social primates living in unnatural social groupings (i.e. same-sex pairs or singly housed animals), who have very few, or no, benefits from the presence of social companions in addition to all the problems related to captivity (e.g. increased inactivity). This study analyses the effects of enrichment devices (i.e. novel objects and foraging tasks) on the behavior of common marmoset (Callithrix jacchus) female pairs, a species that usually lives in family groups. It aims to determine which aspects of an enrichment device are more likely to elicit explorative behaviors, and how aggressive and stress-related behaviors are affected by its presence. Overall, the marmosets explored foraging tasks significantly longer than novel objects. The type of object, which varied in size, shape and aural responsiveness (i.e. they made a noise when the monkey touched them), did not affect the response of the monkeys, but they explored objects that were placed higher in the enclosure more than those placed lower down.Younger monkeys were more attracted to the enrichment devices than the older ones. Finally, stress-related behavior (i.e. scratching) significantly decreased when the monkeys were presented with the objects; aggressive behavior as unaffected. This study supports the importance of environmental enrichment for captive primates and shows that in marmosets its effectiveness strongly depends upon the height of the device in the enclosure and the presence of hidden food. The findings can be explained ifone considers the foraging behavior of wild common marmosets. Broader applications for the research findings are suggested in relation to enrichment.en_UK
dc.publisherUniversity of Lincolnen_UK
dc.relationMajolo B, Buchanan-Smith HM & Bell J (2003) Response to novel objects and foraging tasks by common marmoset (Callithrix jacchus) female pairs. Lab Animal, 32 (3), pp. 32-38.;
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dc.subjectcommon marmoset, female pairs, environmental enrichment, animalwelfare.en_UK
dc.titleResponse to novel objects and foraging tasks by common marmoset (Callithrix jacchus) female pairsen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
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dc.citation.jtitleLab Animalen_UK
dc.type.statusVoR - Version of Recorden_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationLiverpool John Moores Universityen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Stirlingen_UK
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen_UK
local.rioxx.authorMajolo, Bonaventura|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorBuchanan-Smith, Hannah M|0000-0002-2516-7734en_UK
local.rioxx.authorBell, Judith|en_UK
local.rioxx.projectInternal Project|University of Stirling|
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